from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
  • intransitive v. To shuffle.
  • n. A rough disorderly struggle at close quarters.
  • n. A hoe that is manipulated by pushing or pulling. Also called Dutch hoe, scuffle hoe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A rough disorderly fight or struggle at close quarters
  • n. A Dutch hoe, manipulated by both pushing and pulling
  • n. A child's pinafore or bib.
  • v. To fight or struggle confusedly at close quarters.
  • v. To walk with a shuffling gait.
  • v. To make a living with difficulty, getting by on a low income, to struggle financially.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A rough, haphazard struggle, or trial of strength; a disorderly wrestling at close quarters.
  • n. Hence, a confused contest; a tumultuous struggle for superiority; a fight.
  • n. A child's pinafore or bib.
  • n. A garden hoe.
  • intransitive v. To strive or struggle with a close grapple; to wrestle in a rough fashion.
  • intransitive v. Hence, to strive or contend tumultuously; to struggle confusedly or at haphazard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To push or fight in a disorderly or scrambling manner; struggle confusedly at close quarters.
  • Synonyms See quarrel, n.
  • To use a scuffle or thrust-hoe.
  • n. A confused pushing or struggle; a disorderly rencounter or fight.
  • n. Synonyms Affray, Brawl, etc. See quarrel.
  • n. A form of garden hoe or thrust-hoe which is pushed instead of pulled, and commonly has a narrow, sharp blade set nearly in line with the handle: used for cutting off weeds beneath the surface of the ground.
  • n. A child's pinafore or bib.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. walk by dragging one's feet
  • n. an unceremonious and disorganized struggle
  • n. disorderly fighting
  • n. a hoe that is used by pushing rather than pulling
  • v. fight or struggle in a confused way at close quarters


Probably frequentative of scuff.
Dutch schoffel, hoe for weeding, from Middle Dutch, hoe, shovel.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Possibly of Scandinavian origin. Compare Swedish skuff ("a push") and skuffa ("to push"), from the Germanic base *skuf- (skuƀ). (Wiktionary)



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